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Diaconate Ordination

Vincent Marchionni, Ricardo Avila, Andrew Laguna, Jonathan Harmon, Matthew Spotts, Francis Nguyen: ordinees for Jesuit Diaconate on October 20 at Cathedral of Christ the Light in Oakland, 10:00am. Photo by Marty Connell, SJ.


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Liturgy News
If you are a liturgical minister, please sign up on the website for Tuesday liturgies. You can sign up for Wednesday, Thursday and Friday liturgies on the white board outside the sacristy. 
On Tuesday, Oct. 16, we will celebrate the canonization of Oscar Romero. On Sunday, Oct. 14, Bishop Romero and Pope Paul VI will be formally recognized as saints.
Friday, Oct. 19, at the 5:15pm Mass, we will celebrate the eve of the diaconate ordination. A reception will follow at CDSP's Denniston Commons and Courtyard, 6:00-8:00. Please respond to the invitation sent by Marty Connell, SJ, Rector of the Jesuit Community, on October 1 to attend the reception.
Monday 10/15 8:00am Missanga
Tuesday 10/16 8:00am Masikini 5:15pm O'Brien/Avila
Wednesday 10/17 8:00am Mayaki 5:15pm Hadley
Thursday 10/18 8:00am Zezika/Gansa 5:15pm Otto/Kamanzi
Friday 10/19 8:00am Hung Pham 5:15pm Connell
There will be no Saturday morning Mass on 10/20 due to the Diaconate ordination.

JST Announcements
  • Revelations: Across Borders, an exhibition prepared by Prof. Kate Barush's class, Composing Sacred Spaces, will open after soup supper on Tuesday, October 16, and will remain open in Manresa through November 14. Please stop by to reflect on and experience these sacred spaces.
  • Signup for JST Women Students' Retreat: please contact Mary Beth Lamb at if you are interested in attending the Nov. 10 retreat at San Damiano in Danville, CA, 10:00-3:00. Deadline to sign up is Thursday, Oct. 18.
  • If you missed the Oct. 9 Panel Presentation on The Catholic Church and the Catastrophe of the Sexual Abuse Crisis, you can view a recording from the following link: Panel Presentation. Advance to 13:49 to start at the beginning of the presentation.
  • A tech tip: with this new form of Magis, you can click on an event in the JST or SCU calendar, and directly add the event into your calendar. 

JST Events

Zoom GTU Library Orientation
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Mass of the Holy Spirit and Welcome Back BBQ
5:15pm, Gesu Chapel

Mission Church at Night

SCU Events 

Tech in the Service of Displaced People
12:00pm; Mission Room, Benson Memorial Center, SCU
A panel discussion exploring how technological innovation, including blockchain and mobile devices, can help migrants, internally displaced people, and refugees navigate the obstacles they face on a daily basis. Lunch will be provided.


“Your One Wild and Precious Life: Women on the Road of Ministry”
6:30pm; Mission Church, Santa Clara University

The Rev. Francis L. Markey Women in Ministry Speaker 2018

Dr. Elizabeth A. Johnson, C.S.J., is regarded as one of the most influential theologians of the present day. She is Professor Emerita of theology at Fordham University and a Sister of St. Joseph of Brentwood, NY. Her scholarship addresses all aspects of the Christian faith and the life of the church from the standpoint of feminist, liberationist, and ecological concerns.

There is no charge for this event.

GTU News and Events

GTU Library Workshops

The GTU Library offers many workshops throughout the semester to help students with research, writing and citation.  The Zotero workshops feature a free online service for keeping track of bibliographic citations. They also offer workshops on finding resources for biblical and theological research, writing Biblical exegesis paper, and doing research from a distance.  

Meditation in the Gallery

Every Thursday, from 2-3pm, join Institute of Buddhist Studies student Quang Le in a mindfulness meditation session in the Doug Adams Gallery (2465 Le Conte Avenue). Quang has taught meditation for eight years, in Vietnam, Thailand, the United States, and Canada. Since 2007, he has been a disciple of the Buddhist monk Thich Nhat Hanh. Mindfulness meditation has been shown to increase well-being and reduce stress and anger. This opportunity is available for all GTU students, faculty and staff.

Where To From Here? A Private Event
DSPT, 2301 Vine Street, Berkeley, CA 94708, 10:00AM-3:00PM

You are cordially invited to join us for an insightful conversation with DSPT Alumni and Fellows on how MA degrees in Philosophy and Theology can be relevant to a range of disciplines in the world today. This event is designed to help students discern their path after graduation and will illuminate the kind of work our graduates pursue after DSPT. This program specifically targets disciplines that are of interest to students graduating with MA Philosophy and MA Theology degrees.

In order to plan both lunch and breakout sessions, please RSVP on our website at:

Asia Project Fall 2018 Student Forum
12:30-2:00, Flora Lamson Hewlett Library, 2400 Ridge Road, Berkeley

The Asia Project at the GTU cordially invites the GTU community to its sixth Semi-Annual Student Colloquium. There will be thought-provoking presentations by GTU students Mariska Lauterboom and Hanna Kang, a formal response, and a Q & A session on topics relevant to Asian-Pacific contexts. Lunch (delicious Asian cuisine) is included.

*Please RSVP to by Thursday, October 11.

Third Thursdays at BAMPFA - Dr. Rossitza Schroeder
4:30-5:30pm; BAMPFA, 2155 Center Street, Berkeley

Dr. Rossitza Schroeder, Associate Professor of Art and Religion (CARe/PSR), will discuss the exhibition “Old Masters in a New Light: Rediscovering the European Collection.”

To receive your complimentary ticket to the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, a CARe staff member will meet you in the BAMPFA lobby to check in and distribute visitor passes.

Understanding Generational Differences: Values and Views
6:30pm, American Baptist Seminary of the West, Claiborne M. Hill Chapel

Stakeholders in higher education today represent five generations. As we consider the valuable legacy of our schools and seek to develop students poised to thrive in our world today, we must understand the cultural trends and generational values that intersect, and often collide, on our campuses. This session will present important perspectives and strategies needed to navigate these trends.

St. Thomas and the Brain in the Vat: Aquinas on the Mind, the Brain, and the Human Person
10:00am, DSPT, 2301 Vine Street, Berkeley

Please join us for a look at what St. Thomas Aquinas would say about the Brain in a Vat argument, a scenario used in a variety of thought experiments intended to draw out certain features of human conceptions of knowledge, reality, truth, mind, consciousness and meaning. 

This presentation is designed to appeal to a wide audience of interested students, religious and the broader community.  It can be both an accessible introduction to St. Thomas and an enjoyable application for those already invested in his teachings to bring them into conversation with contemporary thought.


Community Events and Announcements

A Granddaughter Remembers Dorothy Day: A Presentation by Kate Hennessy
3:00pm, Menlo Park Civic Center, 700 Alma St, Menlo Park

Kate Hennessy’s memoir about her notable grandmother is titled: Dorothy Day: The World Will Be Saved by Beauty. Published in 2017, Kate Hennessy’s book illuminates in intimate detail the life and work of Dorothy Day (1897-1980)—the iconic, celebrated, and controversial Catholic whom Pope Francis called a “great American” before Congress in 2015. Her cause for canonization is in process. 

Sponsored by the Thomas Merton Center of Palo Alto.

Admission: Free. Reservations not requied. Donations gratefully accepted.

Finding God in Tranquility and Turbulence
4:00-7:00pm, Jesuit Retreat Center, 300 Manresa Way, Los Altos, CA 94022

Please join us for our next Jesuit Connections Bay Area event. The event will include Mass, dinner, and a talk by Jesuit Scholastic Michael Tedone, S.J. Michael is currently stationed at Sacred Heart Nativity School and is living at Bellarmine College Prep in San Jose. His talk will focus on finding God in Tranquility and Turbulence. This event corresponds with National Jesuit Friends and Alumni Sunday, a yearly celebration of our common bond through spiritual growth and the liturgy. There will be a $10 charge, payable in cash at the door, to cover the cost of dinner.

Please RSVP to either or on Facebook: event by Wednesday, October 17.


Black Catholic History Month Celebration
12:30PM; Mission Dolores Basilica, 3321 16th St, San Francisco
Come celebrate the beginning of Black Catholic History Month on Saturday, November 3, at Mission Dolores Basilica in San Francisco. A Gospel Concert will begin at 12:30 PM, followed by mass at 1:00 PM.
For more information, please contact

Job Announcements and More

Short-term Teaching Opportunity at Saint Ignatius College Preparatory, San Francisco, CA
January 7 - February 15
This opportunity is a supervised, hands-on "field-ed" type of placement in a supportive, high school teaching environment. This is ideal for 3rd year M.Div. student or other student interested in gaining teaching experience. This opportunity would conclude prior to Comps studying and the hiring process for post-grad positions. 
To apply: Contact Shannon Vanderpool, Chair, Theology Department,
Summer Ethical Leadership Fellowship for Graduate Students and New Clergy

FASPE is an intensive, two-week study program in professional ethics and ethical leadership taking place in Berlin, Krakow, and Oswiecim (the location of the former Nazi concentration camp of Auschwitz). FASPE Seminary is non-denominational and open to graduate students studying to be religious leaders or scholars (whether in a seminary, divinity, rabbinical, Muslim Chaplaincy, or other program). By studying professional ethics at the sites of Nazi actions, our Fellows experience the importance of professional ethics in an immersive, powerful, and personal way.

The Fellowship is fully funded, and we will be awarding the 2019 FASPE Seminary Fellowship to 12 to 18 applicants. 
Eligibility: Applicants must be currently enrolled in a graduate program and preparing to serve as religious leaders (whether in a seminary, divinity, rabbinical, Muslim Chaplaincy, or other program) OR have received such a degree between May 2017 and January 2019. 

To learn more about FASPE and to apply, please visit: 

Completed applications are due: Monday, December 17.

Call for Editors

Berkeley Journal of Religion and Theology

Positions available for editorial staff, including Copy Editor and the Peer-Review Board of Department Editors for Sacred Texts, Theology and Ethics, and Religion in Practice/Practical Theology. Apply by contacting the managing editor,, and list your disciplines or subjects of expertise. Based on this, the editorial staff will send you relevant submissions for peer-review.  Current doctoral students, doctoral alumni and friends of the GTU (scholars who may be faculty in the GTU or at other institutions) are invited to apply for these positions.

Call For Papers
2019 ANNUAL CONFERENCE, American Academy of Religion, Western Region
Arizona State University, March 2-3, 2019
2019 Annual Conference Theme: Religion and Resistance
Sections on Catholic Studies, Education and Pedagogy, Indigenous Religions, Pagan Studies, Philosophy of Religion, Womanist/Pan-African, and Resisting Climate Dystopia with Spiritual Activism are chaired by GTU, JST and SCU students and faculty. Please consider sending in a proposal.
Deadline for proposals has been extended to October 14.
Call for Papers
Berkeley Journal of Religion and Theology (BJRT)
Editors of the BJRT invite scholars to submit articles and book reviews for inclusion in the journal. The BJRT strongly encourages rigorous and creative scholarship from different religious and theological traditions and methods. The journal aspires to be an international and diverse forum of original, cutting-edge scholarship in religious studies, philosophy and theology that reflects the GTU's endeavor to be an interdisciplinary and interreligious community that grows in knowledge, thrives in spirit, and unites in solutions. For instructions for submissions and style Guide, see:
Submission deadline is February 1, 2019.
Call for Papers

Roth Prize

Students are invited to participate in the competition offered by the Mercersburg Society, with a $750 prize for the best student paper on any topic, historical or contemporary, pertaining to Mercersburg Theology. The papers will be approximately 15-20 pages long, with appropriate documentatin. The prize winner will be invited to present the winning essay at an upcoming Mercersburg Society Convocation (in June), and may then be published in the New Mercersburg Review.  

Submissions should be sent to Anne Thayer, by May 20, 2019.

Altar for Memorial of Pope John XXIII. Photo by Mary Beth Lamb.

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Phone: 510-549-5029